Thisone's more like it! It's number four for Keith Poche. Photo by Steve Morrow.
Cliff Pace swings a keeper aboard. That's at least number two. Photo by Brayton Edlin.
Keith Poche has three in the well, but is still looking for big ones. Photo by Steve Morrow.
... but it's not a bass, either. Photo by Allen Wennerberg.
We move again and soon find Jeff Kreit. He's fishing with a long spinning rod, but he isn't drop shotting. One of the challenges with blogging during the initial tournament days is to keep you posted without giving away specifically what the pros are doing. We're still in the hush-hush phase. We run several miles south without seeing any of the pros when we finally come upon Bassmaster Classic winner Cliff Pace.
Tietje has his third keeper but it's another small one. He hasn't went this long without a big bite all week and he's wondering what's going on with the bigger fish right now! Photo by Marshal Trait Crist.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Steve Morrow.
Chip Porche just landed his 1st keeper -- a 3 1/2-pound smallmouth -- after a long fight. Photo by Blake Arkwood.
We start to idle away from KVD when he sets the hook with his long baitcasting rod. He's into a good bass and takes his time with it. After working the bass at boatside for awhile, he swings what looks to be a 4-pounder over the side with his rod. The bass is quickly fixed to a culling float and dropped into his livewell. We move a quarter mile or so to where JVD is fishing. He's drop shot fishing and has four in the box. Two of them will go 4 pounds. "They look terrible," JVD says.